Scholarship Ceremony - 31st January 2019
Thank you to all who attended ...
Advance Ashburton Community Foundation Annual Celebration.
Thursday 8th November 2018, 5:30pm-7:30pm at the Ashburton Trust Events Centre
Thank you to our guest speaker's Dr Lucy Hone, Hollie Woodhouse, Hayden Kuyf and Ross Preece for joining us at this year's Annual Celebration of Philanthropy.
After a wonderful cultural start to the evening with a performance from the Ashburton College Kapa Haka group, our Executive Officer, Sandi Wood expressed a warm welcome to the audience of over 380 attendees. “The reason Advance Ashburton exists is to encourage and support projects that transform and help make the district a better place to live. Our donors choose to give through Advance Ashburton to the causes they are most passionate about. Through this strategic form of giving we are seeing positive transformation in our community”.
Deputy Chair, Mary Ross, shared with the audience an update on how the Foundation has performed in the last financial year. “2018 has been a good year, during which Advance Ashburton has had continued growth in grants to the District, an increase in number and value of scholarships, an investment portfolio which has shown excellent returns, and funds under management and promised that have increased. We cannot do this without donors. To both current and future donors who have indicated their intentions for years to come, we thank you. Your commitment to the goal of making the District a better place is truly appreciated.”
Through the generosity shown by our donors, Advance Ashburton was able to continue support of the Kohanga at Ashburton College. Guest speaker Ross Preece, Principal of Ashburton College, gave an update via video of the Kohanga at Ashburton College.
A new initiative funded by Advance Ashburton is the commencement of learning disability assessments being completed in Ashburton at a newly established office of Seabrook Mckenzie. Our guest speaker Hayden Kuyf gave us an insight into his journey living with a specific learning disability, and how his experience with Seabrook McKenzie transformed his life. “Having a Seabrook Centre here in Ashburton would be a great asset to the Mid Canterbury Community and will help people gain access to valuable resources to diagnose their learning difficulties and prepare a strategy to deal with this and improve it over time. It would be more obtainable for those whose parents can’t juggle getting their children through to Christchurch who need that extra support and reassurance that their child can still achieve and be a valuable member of the community.”
Hollie Woodhouse inspired the audience with stories of her most recent adventure across Greenland, and how this adventurous side of her all began when she was lucky enough to receive a scholarship from Advance Ashburton to attend an Outward-Bound course.
Our keynote speaker, Dr Lucy Hone, through her academic studies and personal experience, inspired us to consider how we can promote resilience in ourselves and others. "Unwanted and unexpected change is often forced upon us ... while we cannot control our life circumstances, we can control our response. Resilience comes from both the way in which we choose to think, and the way in which we choose to act. We need to choose where we focus our attention, understand that struggle is a part of life and decide – is this helping or harming me?”
We thank our event sponsors; Ashburton Trust Events Centre, Argyle Welsh Finnigan and Forsyth Barr.
A huge Thank You to our guest speakers for making this a truly inspiring evening and illustrating how generosity can make an impact on people’s lives in our community.